Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Come "Waste" Your Time With Me

Most people have to waste their time with sucky people they hate. Luckily I get to waste most of my time with these two.. .. pretty cute.. eh?

"You Say It's Your Birthday"

It's been a crazy week.

Last Thursday we saw Matt Costa play. I've been listening to Matt for a while now, but I didn't have any expectations for the show, and I was pleasantly surprised. Besides the heat of the Avalon Theatre and the number of high schoolers there the show was pretty cool.

We met Matt and the band after the show, and tried our best to get Sas tickets out of them, since we dropped the ball on that one. Matt said that if we emailed him he would try to get us tickets. All I can say about that is FALSE HOPE.

Friday we left for the Sasquatch Festival . The ten hour drive to the Gorge wasn't that bad, but the concert we received from the Canadian in the tent next to us that night might have been the worst thing I've ever heard. If I wanted to hear "Kiss Me" I'd watch that awful movie with Freddie Prince, but unfortunately I heard that and other hits for the better part of three hours that night. Oh and did I forget to mention that Nici forgot a sleeping bad, and so Krista, Nici and I were sharing a slumber bag and a mummy bag in the pouring rain... FUN NIGHT!

Saturday we woke up in the morning and tried for about three hours to get tickets to the festival. Never in my life have I been to a show without a single scalper. We left the festival unsuccessful and sick to our stomachs about the good bands we were missing. Only my memories of Vegoose and the fact that we had seen most of the bands there made me feel better about the situation.

We decided to drive up to Seattle since most of us had never been there. Besides the rain, Seattle seems to be a pretty cool place. We had dinner on the wharf, shopped at Pikes Market, and went to the Folk Life Festival. The festival had to be the highlight of the trip. We picked up some cool trinkets, ate amazing food, and saw the little drummer boy (shown below).
Even though we couldn't get into Sas the weekend turned out alright.

Monday was my birthday. It was pretty low-key, but really fun. I think I've now had four birthday meals, and I still have one more coming tonight so I can't complain. And I have to mention the anatomically correct cake Heid whipped out. I think everyone was impressed with her cake making skills after that.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

"Do I Make You Proud?"

I know you're not supposed to watch TV, because it's trashy, ruining society, making people fat, and bla bla bla, the list goes on... but I have to admit I enjoy myself a good show. In fact, I actually kind of wish I watched more TV than I do. I know it's a sin to admit that, but it's true.

Although I don't watch very many shows consistantly, I still know what's going on on most shows that I care about. People are constantly telling me about shows, I read EW all the time, and so between the two I stay pretty much caught up.

The last two weeks have been the season finale weeks on TV, and I've missed out on so many amazing moments including: Jim and Pam's kiss, Jack's abduction by the Chinese, who crashed the plane, and Marissa's death. Yes, all of these moments happened on TV without me, but I stlll heard about them all.

Although I missed so many amazing moments on TV this season, I did catch two awesome finales. The three hour Grey's Anatomy finale was amazing. I recorded it and watched it twice, and I may have watched one specific part a couple extra times. Let's just say Dr. McDreamy and Meredith have some amazing chemistry. It was the kind of finale that you think about all week. I used to obsess about Felicity like this, but all-in-all I just really enjoy this show.

The two hour American Idol finale was surprisingly enjoyable. I've watched all season, and I have to admit I was a little afraid to watch the entire two hours, but the time really did fly by. The guest appearances were fun to watch, and the cheesey numbers that they all sing together weren't as bad as I was expecting. Although I was disapointed that Taylor won (I'm a little obsessed with Kat; I wish I was her), the show was still a good end to a good season.

I guess now it's on to the summer shows. Fresh Meat, So You Think You Can Dance, and The Hills... here we come!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

"These Are the Days"

So...I've been told recently that I'm always saying things like "my life is amazing," or "this is the best week of my life," or "that was an unbelievable day".... bla bla bla... You get the point. Because people have been pointing out this fault of mine so much recently, I've decided to sum up the top ten moments of the last twelve months in my life. That way, the next time I qualify something as "amazing" those of you who read this can put me in my place about whether or not that experience really compares to this list! (BTW this list is in reverse chronological order.. Other than that the order means nothing)

1. To begin the list I have to go all the way back to last weekend. I went to Moab with a small group and friends and did some hiking in Arches. It really was such a good time. Saturday was pretty much the ideal day. We did some hiking in the morning, snuck into a swimming pool in the early afternoon, stopped for some good food, and then we returned to the park to hike to Delicate Arch for sunset. I hadn't been to Delicate Arch since I was a child, and I couldn't remember it that well, but the run up to it was well worth it (we were in a hurry to make it before the sun went down). The arch really is breathtaking, and I think every person who has the chance should see it. Basically, it was the perfect end to a perfect day!

2. Two Sundays ago the weather in Salt Lake was amazing. Nici and I got up, got ready for church and decided to go for a ride. We just started driving, and we ended up in Emmigration Canyon. With Rilo Kiley blasting, the windows down, the amazing surroundings and the beautiful weather it made for the perfect start to our Sunday.

After our drive we headed on over to church and found that the chapel was packed, and we had to sit clear in the back. This is an unusual occurrence in our ward, and we soon realized that the reason it was so packed was because Elder Oaks was there. (I guess he is known for showing up in random wards.)

At the end of the meeting Elder Oaks gave a short talk on choices, and I don't think I will ever forget his talk. It's nice to see general authorities just talk like they are normal people, instead of giving long, formal conference talks. All-in-all the day started out good and ended up with a moment I will never forget.

3. All I have to say about this is Matt and Annie are moving back to Utah!... And so are Peter and Tia.. and John and Suz are already here.... Spencer and Christina.. When are you coming?

4. I don't remember the last time my heart beat as fast as it did when I opened my acceptance email from Columbia. I had convinced myself I wasn't getting in, and honestly, when I read the email I was freakin' right out! John was there and witnessed the screaming and running around. I actually think I woke Paul up from his nap, but I couldn't help myself. Of course, the celebratory Market Street King Crap Legs weren't bad either!

5. amazing music + amazing friends + amazing cokes + amazing dancing = one amazing night at the Coco Bongo!

Yes, it's true Coco Bongo is one of the best ten moments of the last year, and unless you were there you will never understand how a trashy club in Cancun could be so much fun!

6. Spin, Kiss, or Quit....hmm... I think that's all I need to say about that. The stupid things roommates do when they get together.. I think Suzanne BrownY has to be up there with this too!

7. Salt Lake finally got a decent music venue, The Depot, and I was lucky enough to go and see Martin Sexton there. Martin's set was really cool, the only strange thing was that he played first, and Mini Driver played second.

While we standing there watching Mini play, wondering why she played second, some random guy that works for her came over and started to talking to us. He asked if we wanted to hang out with the band after. So, of course, we found ourselves in the basement of The Depot hanging around with Mini Driver and her band. I'm sure they were disappointed when they discovered that the only thing we wanted to drink was water.

Although meeting Mini Driver, and realizing that she is a normal person was pretty cool, meeting Martin was actually surreal. He was so humble and down-to-earth, and it sounds lame, but you could tell he was a very spiritual person. I found myself unable to express to him how good I thought the show was. What topped the night off was when we left and Martin told us to, "keep the faith." It's good to know that someone so talented can remain humble and true to his fans. What a crazy night.

8. I didn't think I'd be a fan of attending college graduation, or enjoying it while I was there, but boy was I wrong.

Graduation was a very fun day, and I have to admit, it feels pretty good to know that you really are done, listo, finished with school (if you want to be). Most of my family was there, I walked with Michele, and luckily the talks were kept pretty short so the ceremony was actually enjoyable! Not to mention the fact that we headed up to Star Valley for some good family times right after it ended.

9. U2 concerts are life changing experiences!

10. I spent last summer in DC and we had so many good times, but Memorial Day weekend had to be one of my favorites. It was my birthday and the packages from home, Cheesecake Factory, dancing, pedicures, manicures, and seeing Bush made it an amazing one. If only every birthday could be like that.

Well there you go.. that random list of my favorite memories... DONE and DONE.